Sunday, March 27, 2011

GLUTEN FREE VEGETARIAN COCONUT CAKE MINI BUNDT

This cupcake-sized bundt is a coconutty delight somewhere between a cake and macaroon.
Best of both worlds! (Available at our online bakery, GlutenfreefromNYC.) It was inspired, oddly enough, by an experience my friend and I had at Bubby's in Tribeca NYC, where we decided we could each conquer a piece of their phenomenally rich coconut cake. Yes, Alice, there truly is too much of a good thing. What we'd remembered as unbeatable lusciousness, the next time around hit us like the "attack of the butter sticks." So rich. Very rich. Too rich. Upset stomach rich (and this was before I even knew I had celiac disease, so who knows what damage just the flour was doing to my insides?

These demure cakelets are not like Bubby's killer treats. They're lower in fat, for sure, and as stated above, somewhere between a macaroon and a cupcake. Coconutty, and a bit restrained. If you're in an adventurous mood and feel the delicate silvery sprinkles do not suffice in exoticism, then you might want to whip up some frosting (vanilla, chocolate or berry come to mind) and twirl the tops of these little sweeties in bowl. A fondue party without the heat or fancy equipment. Enjoy!

BUTTERCREAM FROSTING AND VARIATIONS

1 cup confectioners sugar
1/4 cup butter or shortening
1/4 tsp vanilla
1-2 tsp milk

add cocoa or pureed berries to taste.

You can order our coconut mini bundt cakes here.


Pictured above, other gluten-free desserts you might enjoy from our online bakery,

Thursday, March 17, 2011

COMING THIS WEEKEND: PURIM

Hamantaschen (triangular fruit pastries) are available all year round, not just for Purim, at glutenfreefromNYC, the online gluten-free bakery. (Apricot and raspberry, too, on request!)

HAPPY ST PATRICK'S DAY!

Lemon sugar cookies in the shape of shamrocks, iced in various shades of green, are available all year at our online gluten-free bakery, glutenfreefromNYC.

They are perfect for celebration of St Patrick's Day (March 17), Irish Independence Day (April 24), and any Saints Days for any Irish or Irish-American friends, any birthdays, christenings, weddings or engagements for any Irish or Irish-American friends.

Also ideal when good luck is needed for any friend or relative at absolutely any time of year!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

GLUTEN-FREE VEGETARIAN FLATBREAD AT glutenfreefromNYC BAKERY

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I had the new whole grain gluten-free sesame flatbread, which I make and sell at glutenfreefromNYC my online bakery. It was a sunny day and I had in mind an open-faced sandwich with vegetables and smoked mozzarella. and since I was passing Eataly, Batali/Bastianich's Italian emporium of gustatory delights, I thought I'd pop in. I'd been told the place was overpriced and silly in its grandiosity but I found the staff to be good-humored and informative and the produce prices normal for Manhattan and in some cases even reasonable.
No mozzarella affumicata, however, so I headed for Todaro, a less showy but much revered neighborhood shop. They make their own mozzarella and have done so for almost 100 years.
I sliced the cheese,
topped the sandwich with tomatoes and
Kalamata olives from Trader Joe and a bit of mesclun from Todaro.
It felt like spring.

If you like the look of this flatbread, you might also want to check out this gluten-free bread sampler, also sold at glutenfreefromNYC.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

HUMMUS KITCHEN HAS GLUTEN FREE VEGETARIAN OPTIONS

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For a celiac, one of the most reassuring things to be volunteered by the manager of a new restaurant is information about what you must avoid. At the newest branch of the NYC chain Hummus Kitchen, once I mentioned I was a gluten-free celiac, I was told that although the falafel is technically gluten free, I can't have it because it's fried in the same oil as their schnitzel, which is, of course, breaded. Sigh of relief!
We visited this is a cozy little spot even before their permanent sign was installed--that's how new they were. It's got lots of natural light and interesting visual touches that lift it above the mundane hummus joint. Here are several:

Despite the installation taking place, the atmosphere couldn't have been more stress-free. Friendly staff, good music, and oh, yes, the food. Worth coming back for. This is the bowl of Garden Vegetable Soup. Celery, carrots, butternut squash, potatoes, zucchini. Hearty and vegetarian.
I loved the roasted cauliflower with parsley tahini.
Here's the Super Healthy Salad, with quinoa, cranberries, walnuts, yams and mint with a tahini-based dressing. High protein and tasty.
We had mint tea. With fresh mint leaves. Yep. And a free dessert of baklava was generously offered to my non-gluten-free friend, and which she definitely enjoyed.
Other dishes we didn't try but probably will next time: Light Hummus (served with vegetables instead of pita), the chopped salad, the beets with celery and walnuts in balsamic vinegar, broiled eggplant with tahini, and rice with lentils (if it's vegetarian). There are MANY dishes if you are a gluten-free meat eater, or a non-gluten-free vegetarian, but all in all this is a fine place for a gluten-free vegetarian to have a snack.

And who knows, maybe at some point in the future they will start frying the falafel in a separate fryer and then hordes of gluten-free vegetarians will show up to really chow down!

444 3rd Ave (bet. 30th and 31st), open 10:45-10:45 7 days a week
http://www.hummuskitchen.com
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